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Metro DX Club Meeting Minutes


October 18, 2013


The meeting was called to order by Vice President John Raiger, K9DRS, at 7:33 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.


Old Business


a.)    Health and welfare: K9RB is currently in the hospital.

b.)    September meeting minutes were discussed and approved, moved by N9TK and seconded by K9BWQ.

c.)    Treasury Report: Balance is $1542.38. Expenses of $114.81 included the quarterly WEB cost ($14.85) and donations to N8A ($49.96) and FT5ZM ($50.00). Income totaled $10.00 for 2014 dues from W9NKV. For the year to date the treasury balance has increased by $98.03, primarily due to the W9YYG estate contributions. Approval was moved by K9PY, seconded and approved.

d.)   Contesting: W9ILY made a brief contest report. Results were from ARRL DX SSB contest where Metro finished 11th  out of 49 in the Local Club category with 10 logs submitted; Metro also finished 7th in the 2012 DX Marathon.

e.)    WUST Award Update: No awards issued this month.


New Business


a.)    The Winterfest Dinner was discussed and Jim, N9TK, will be the chairman. Various locations were discussed and Jim will bring costs and details to the November meeting so we can make a decision then.

b.)    December meeting: It was decided that there would be no December meeting due to the holiday season.

c.)    Current and past DX: C82DX is currently very active. Also active is TN2MS. Both 10M and 12M have been very good lately with many strong signals.

d.)   An email request from a team going to Mellish Reef in 2014 was read by W9ILY. This DXpedition is one that falls under our donation policy to NCDXF so no action will be taken.

e.)    Upcoming Contests: K9CJ reported on the upcoming contests that include CQWW-SSB, CQWW CW and ARRL Sweepstakes.

f.)     The election of officers for 2014 was discussed and Jim, N9TK, offered his services as President. Thanks, Jim!! W9ILY agreed to continue as secretary/treasurer for another year. That leaves the position of vice president open. All positions will be voted upon in November.

g.)    Jim, NV9X, commented that hamfest attendance seems to be down quite a bit if the Peoria Hamfest can be used as a guideline. Even the presentation there by Riley Hollingsworth had sparse attendance. FCC enforcement action was also discussed.

h.)    November meeting was discussed and, by unanimous decision, it was decided that there would be a pizza party that night. EVERYONE COME AND ENJOY!


A motion to close the meeting was made by N9TK and seconded by K9CJ. Meeting closed at 8:22.


Refreshments were provided by N9TK.


Two short videos were shown: EU-006, The Aran Islands by EI7NET, and one from EU-178, Kihnu, Estonia.


The W9LNQ display of some of his historic QSL cards was available for members to view, as well as an unusual award that Bob had received from Singapore, the Lion City Award. Thanks again, Bob!


Attendees: K9DRS, N9TK, K9CJ, K9BWQ and Delores, K9PY, NV9X and W9ILY.


Submitted by W9ILY, Secretary-Treasurer